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adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures

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Women in Waders

Wednesdays: May 20, May 27, and June 3 • 6-7:30pm

women in waders in a stream
Don a pair of waders and go quahogging, crabbbing, and searching for water bugs during these fun, free adventures for ladies in May and June.

Ladies of Buzzards Bay: Join our female education staff for a series of three exciting adventures that will keep you learning, laughing, and discovering new things about yourself and about Buzzards Bay. We will explore ways to get up close and personal with nature in a safe and supportive environment.

Women of all ages are welcome to these free programs. (Ladies under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.) Waders and other equipment will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Dates and Locations

Wednesday, May 20: "Seeking Shellfish"
Silvershell Beach (end of Front Street, Marion)

Don a pair of waders and hop into the Bay! You’ll learn how to use a clam rake to dig for quahogs at low tide and try your hand at shucking a clam yourself. This will be a “dig and release” activity unless you have a valid Marion shellfish permit.

Wednesday, May 27: "Bugging Out"
The Bogs, Mattapoisett

Love bugs? Hate bugs? Either way, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of life that exists at the edge of the Mattapoisett River. We’ll put you in waders and send you out in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates (aka “big water bugs”). You’ll learn about the interesting adaptations of these unusual creatures, many of which you may have never seen before!

Wednesday, June 3: "Crazy About Crabs"
Little Harbor Beach (end of Little Harbor Road, Wareham)

Beautiful savory swimmer – that’s the translation of the scientific name for the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. You’ll learn about this beautiful but feisty crab as you try to lure a few to the shore. You’ll also master techniques of picking up an energetic crab without getting pinched! (Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy.)

Cost

Free

Frogs at the Bogs

Friday, May 29 • 7-8pm

toad
Learn how to identify the sounds of frogs and toads during Frogs at the Bogs.

Listen to the melodic sounds of frogs and learn a few fun facts about them during this guided evening walk at The Bogs in Mattapoisett.

Location

The Bogs, Mattapoisett

Cost

Free

Learn to Quahog

a family quahogging
Learn how to quahog during one of these free Bay Adventures.

Join the Coalition to learn how to harvest your own quahogs in Fairhaven, Wareham, and Mattapoisett. We'll teach you the basics of local quahogging — what you need, how to do it, and where to go. These events will be fun and educational for the whole family.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Wednesday Walkabouts

Wednesdays in June • 9-10:30am

people walking through the woods
Take a walk through the woods in Falmouth on Wednesday mornings in June.

Come join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for a morning stroll through conservation lands around Falmouth. Not only is walking outdoors great exercise for your body and mind, but you’ll also learn about history and ecology along the way.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

First Friday Watershed Trail Run

First Friday of each month • 7-8am

trail through woods
Join a group of dedicated runners for the Watershed Trail Running Series, held on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November at a different trail around the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Join us on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November for the watershed trail running series, open to runners of all abilities! Explore the trails and enjoy the spectacular outdoors in the morning with a group dedicated to promoting the use of pre-scouted trails across the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Dates and Locations

  • Friday, June 5: Crane Wildlife Management Area, Falmouth
  • Friday, July 3: Shaw Farm Trail, Fairhaven
  • Friday, August 7: The Bogs, Mattapoisett
  • Friday, Sept. 4 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Oct. 2 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Nov. 6 (location TBD)

Oyster Discovery Day

Saturday, June 13 • 10-12pm

oysters growing on rock
Learn about oysters at this fun, free mmorning of discovery in Fairhaven.

Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, and the town of Fairhaven to discover why oysters are important to both our ecology and economy. You’ll learn about a restoration project happening right in Nasketucket Bay to increase wild oyster populations in our community. Come dressed to get wet and muddy, and we’ll help you explore for shellfish along the shore!

Location

Seaview Avenue Boat Ramp, Fairhaven

Cost

Free

SUP Buzzards Bay: Learn to Stand Up Paddeboard

stand up paddleboarding
Explore the Bay by paddleboard during one of these free learn to paddleboard programs.

Learn a new skill and explore one of Buzzards Bay's beautiful waterways during these unique Buzzards Bay Blueways Bay Adventures. SUP – or stand up paddleboarding – is easy to learn, great exercise, and a fun way to experience Buzzards Bay. We’ll provide the boards, instructors, and everything else you need to have a great experience.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free – Program funded by the National Park Service as part of Buzzards Bay Blueways

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers

Wednesdays: July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29 • 10-11am

young family walks along the beach
Explore a beach, a salt marsh, and a forest with your young family during Itty Bitty Bay Explorers.

Get your little ones to discover the outdoors through Itty Bitty Bay Explorers, a series of four free outings on Wednesdays in July in Falmouth. Through fun games, stories, and hands-on activities, your whole family will learn about Buzzards Bay’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers is recommended for families with young children. We encourage you to attend all four programs, but it is not required. During outdoor exploration days near the water, families should dress to get wet and sandy/muddy.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free — These program are sponsored in part by First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union.

First Citizens' Federal Credit Union

Nasketucket Bay Bird Walk

Saturday, July 18 • 7-9am

Nasketucket Bay trail
Go birding near Nasketucket Bay during this free morning walk.

Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Nasketucket Bird Club for a morning walk to look and listen for grassland songbirds in Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and surrounding conservation lands. The walk will follow the new trail connecting the Phoenix/Mattapoisett bike path with the state reservation. Binoculars are available or you can bring your own.

Location

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation, Fairhaven (meet by the bike path on Shaw Road)

Cost

Free

New Bedford Harbor Kayak Expedition

Wednesday, July 22 • 5-7pm

woman kayaking on New Bedford Harbor
Join us for a free kayak expedition on New Bedford Harbor.

Come learn about the history and ecology of outer New Bedford Harbor on this Buzzards Bay Blueways Expedition. Open to paddlers of all experience levels. Kayaks are available.

Location

East Rodney French Blvd. boat ramp, New Bedford

Cost

Free – Program funded by the National Park Service as part of Buzzards Bay Blueways